US Ambassador pledges HIV support

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Us Ambassador Rebecca Gonzales marked World Aids Day by reiterating her country’s support to Lesotho’s efforts to prevent the spread of HIV and save more lives.

Marked under the theme ‘Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility’, World Aids Day commemorations were hosted by King Letsie III at the Royal Palace in Maseru today at an event that was attended by Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro, government officials, international partners, and faith leaders.

Gonzales took stock of the tangible impact of the US’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which has supported HIV response in Lesotho for more than a decade, indicating that PEPFAR investments have helped build effective, efficient, and sustainable health care delivery in communities across Lesotho.

“The United States, as your longest-standing partner, is here, alongside you, to continue to save more lives, and prevent future HIV infections. We will continue to provide resources and support the proven activities that pushed this Kingdom towards epidemic control, ultimately ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic as a public health threat.” she said

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Despite the many challenges of the Coronavirus global pandemic, Gonzales encouraged the people of Lesotho to remain steadfast in their commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS, not only for themselves but for generations to come.